Start your day driving for approximately 40 minutes north-west of Honolulu. Take the Queen Liliʻuokalani Freeway, the Veterans Memorial Freeway and then Kamehameha Highway and you will soon reach the turnoff for Dole Plantation. Make a quick stop for some delicious DoleWhip (pineapple ice-cream) before setting off for Haleʻiwa Town.
Continue along the highway until you reach Haleʻiwa. This laid back surfing town is filled with local style and rustic ambiance, as well as quaint shops, understated restaurants and charming art galleries.
Our next stop is Laniākea Beach, one of the best places on Oahu for spotting green sea turtles (honu). To get there, head back onto the highway driving northeast for five minutes. Please remember to be respectful and keep your distance from these amazing, endangered creatures.
A bit further up the road you will find the turn off for Waimea Valley. Wander through this 1,800 acre rainforest and botanical garden to a beautiful waterfall. Situated at the base of the majestic Ko‘olau Range, this valley was once a heavily populated Hawaiian village.
Get back on the highway to discover Waimea Bay. In the winter, ocean swells rising above the North Shore pound the Bay with 10 meter waves. Summers find the bay quiet and gentle-perfect for swimming, snorkeling or diving. Parking at Waimea Valley and walking to the beach is an option.
Make your way onto Pūpūkea Road to explore Pu‘u o Mahuka Heiau State Park. This is a national monument and state historic site, and O‘ahu’s largest Hawaiian heiau (temple). Today, this sacred temple boasts a magnificent view from Waimea to Ka‘ena Point.
Continue driving on the highway to Kahuku, where you will find an array of delicious shrimp trucks. Alternatively, stop at Turtle Bay Resort for beautiful views and a lovely meal. To return to Honolulu, either take the H2 highway through central Oʻahu, back the way you came, or the more scenic coastal route via Kamehameha Highway.